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Wiki Name

Your name, usually your first and last name connected without a space.

For example, Tim Berners-Lee's WikiName is TimBernersLee.

ALERT! Your name is also a potentially valid WikiWord when used within a topic. However the home pages of registered users on this site are stored in the Main web. When you sign your username in a topic, prefix it with Main. (including the dot). That is, write Main.TWikiGuest to link to TWikiGuest, your personal home page in the Main web. For convenience, your signature is also provided for copying and pasting when editing a topic.

DONE Though rarely used in common practice, you can use the special %USERSWEB% variable prefix for user names, for example, %USERSWEB%.TWikiGuest.

Related topics: WikiSyntax, WikiWord, WikiNotation, TextFormattingRules, TWikiRenderingShortcut, TWikiShorthand, UserDocumentationCategory

Comments & Questions about this Distribution Document Topic

For reasons slightly beyond me when I sign AndrewCates in the main Sandbox it seems to link to a subfolder of sandbox. Using main. solves it but it isn't an obvious thing for new users like me to understand

-- AndrewCates - 25 May 2004

Hi Andrew, this is a fundamental principle of how twiki works. There are these containers (Main, TWiki, Sandbox, etc.), called webs in which individual topics (like this page) fit. If there is no web prefix to a WikiName, the current web is assumed. Having webs means that the same name can be used in different contexts, yet have entirely different contents. For example TWiki.WebHome, Main.WebHome, Sandbox.WebHome,... However you are right, it is a usability problem for new users. There is a plugin which can help with this: the FindElsewherePlugin.

-- MattWilkie - 17 Jun 2004

Hi! I look I see pointers to other people asking the same things about internationalization etc... one thing I see asked a lot is whether or not a WikiName can handle extended characters, like åäö etc, and everyone says 'yes! it works'. I've been recently trying to get them to work 'properly' in every context and in most places it's fine - you can display a name like WikiåName and it works, you can use it in URLs and in wiki links etc BUT the TWiki authentication (ie per-web settings etc) don't appear to like the extended characters.

If I have a group set up like this:
Set GROUP = TestOne, Main.TästTwo, TestThree
then you try to use this group to lock access to a particular page
Then things work fine for user TestOne, but not for TästTwo or TestThree, the 'ä' appears to break whatever checking is done so that anything on the line after the extended character gets ignored!

Is there any workaround I can do for this, having come so far in getting these extended characters to work happily (I started with $useLocale=0; and setting åäö etc in $upperNational and $lowerNational, but have finally got everything working with $siteLocale = "sv_SE.ISO8859-1" instead...) it seems a shame to have to revert to not having the use of these characters in a WikiName at all.

I think the documentation here should explicitly state what's allowed in a WikiName - and maybe hint at pointers as to how to make extended characters to work 'properly' if they are to be allowed.

-- TWikiGuest - 01 Apr 2005

Hi Fuzzy, we encourage you to use your real "First Last" name, also for your WikiName. This gives a personal touch to the TWiki.org community where people get to know each other by the real name. I'm sorry I've had to remove the FuzzyWolf account.

The comment section here is for feedback on the documentation. Please ask questions on feature in the Support web. Read also the I18N section in the TWikiInstallationGuide.

-- PeterThoeny - 01 Apr 2005

how can a WikiNameWord display without "?"

-- MiqueLiang - 05 Nov 2007

Please see TextFormattingRules, and please ask support questions in the Support web.

-- PeterThoeny - 05 Nov 2007

hello everyOne I am here new , just started, so all the best for Wiki users!

-- MichalSlomka - 2010-09-20

Welcome here on twiki.org, Michal. Read TWikiPresentation2010x08x17 to get an overview of TWiki.

-- PeterThoeny - 2010-09-20

Please use the Support forum if you have questions about TWiki features. This comment section is about the documentation of this topic.
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